Elementary Opera Residencies

Elementary Opera Residency

Grade Levels: 1-5
Program Duration: 12 or 18 sessions (typically once a week)
Session Length: One full class period (45-60 minutes) for each participating class
Cost: $2,000 or $3,000 per class (free for qualifying Chicago Public Schools)

This multi-disciplinary program empowers students in grades 1-5 to create and perform an original opera that integrates curricular content objectives with arts learning in music, theater, and movement. Teachers and Lyric teaching artists work collaboratively to develop a custom residency plan that addresses desired learning outcomes while students engage in creative storytelling through the art of opera. Teachers determine a session schedule that coordinates with the established class meeting schedule and the program can be implemented any time during the school year.

*This program requires participating classroom teachers to attend a Professional Development Workshop at Lyric before school begins (late August or early September).
Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances FundOpera Residencies for Schools are supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, the Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc., an Anonymous Donor, and BNY Mellon.

This downloadable PDF contains helpful information regarding the goals, structure, and application process for the Elementary Opera Residency program. Please read this document carefully before submitting your application.


Photos: Kyle Flubacker

Interested schools must apply through the school's arts liaison, music teacher, or principal.
-Applicants must have the school principal's approval before submitting an application.

-Applications will be available later this spring.
-Late May - Applicant interviews and site visits begin
-Early June - Schools notified of status
-August/September - Teacher Professional Development Workshop (TBD)

Lyric understands that sometimes the priorities, schedule, or personnel of a school can change over the summer. Thus, some schools may be placed on a "wait list" in case a selected school can no longer participate in the program. These schools will be contacted in early September should a vacancy become available.

Applicants need the following information to complete the online application:

-School, teacher, and arts liaison (CPS only) contact information
-Principal's contact information and consent to apply
-Whether or not your school has a piano or keyboard that is in working order and easily accessible for the program
-An idea of which grade level you think is best suited for this program and why
-Number of classes and approximate number of students per class for desired grade level
-An idea of when in the calendar year you think it may be best to implement the program
-A list of any and all community arts partnerships currently occurring in your school